Making Art/Making Community

March 8th-April 29th, 2018

Artists are problem solvers and thinkers- imagining alternative realities and solutions for living. This exhibition looks at artists using social bridging strategies in their artmaking through participatory experiments, humorous social critiques, and collaborative craft. These artists pull tactics from social science, psychology, education and design thinking. Referred to as “social practice” or “relational aesthetics” these artists use human relations as their artistic medium rather than a traditional independent creative practice.

BFA Senior Exhibition

Opening Reception: May 17th, 5-8pm

Exhibition: May 17th- June 8th, 2018

We are pleased to showcase the graduating seniors of DU’s BFA Studio Art program. The gallery supports students throughout the exhibition process in this annual collaboration with the Studio Art program of the school of Art & Art History.

Push Play

Opening Reception: October 12th, 5-8 PM

Exhibition: October 12th– November 19th


Push Play explores the work of artists who borrow from play and games to reveal social, philosophical, and cultural issues. From playfulness, to mathematical strategy, the artists in Push Play have mined the significance of games, reinventing them to create experiences that often involve the viewer and reflect on the nature of participation in art.

Artistic processes tied to game playing have historically attracted the avant-garde, most famously the chess master Marcel Duchamp. His artistic move had his chess partner in mind: you, the viewer. Games were also intrinsic to the work of war-addled Surrealists and Dadaists, the inventors of the exquisite corpse and automatic drawing, in their quest to upend the bourgeois pretensions of art and free the artistic imagination. In the 1960s and 1970s, the countercultural and anti-war  Fluxus group and the  New Games Foundation questioned capitalism and corporate culture by staging massive public games in city parks. Moving away from the classical chess period of kings, queens, and bishops, the works in this exhibition do not represent medieval figures of power but strategies of decision-making around contemporary issues. Among the arcade of objects in the show is a version of Guitar Hero by Cory Arcangel, hopscotch by Mary Flanagan, and Ryan Gander’s version of blackjack – while the more mystically inclined may gravitate toward Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican’s divining game.



Cory Arcangel, Ryan Gander, Jeanne van Heeswijk and Rolf Engelen, Pedro Reyes, David Shrigley, Yoko Ono, Ruth Catlow, Mary Flanagan, Futurefarmers, Allan McCollum and Matt Mullican, Paul Noble, Erik Svedäng, Jason Rohrer, Patrick Bernier and Olive Martin


Push Play is an exhibition curated by Melissa E. Feldman and organized by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. Push Play was made possible, in part, by grants from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation and the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, and with the generous support from ICI’s International Forum and Board of Trustees.



Fieldworks: Creative Research by DU Faculty

January 11th – February 18, 2018










The Vicki Myhren Gallery is pleased to announce a new program – an annual exhibition featuring the research and artworks of creative faculty members at the school of art and art history. The format gives each artist an opportunity to exhibit newly created works and work in progress. A special focus is the research and creative process itself.

Our initial exhibition features work from 8 artists in the DU Studio art program and Emergent Digital Practices program. A range of media will feature in the exhibition: photographs, prints, interactive 3-D printed wearables, and archive-based sculpture that explores the history of women in pioneer towns in Colorado. A portion of the space is also dedicated to work by Art History faculty members working in new and creative formats including online, curatorial, and film projects.

2018 featured artists: Jennifer Ghormley, Sarah Gjertson, Deborah Howard, Brandon Siscoe, Megan Ulrich, Kristin Stransky Mallinger, Kari Varner and Timothy Weaver

Avalanche: Institute for New Feeling

Public Performance at Denver Waste Water Treatment Facility: September 9th 

Exhibition: September 14th-October 1st





Avalanche is an enhanced water drink designed by the artist collective Institute for New Feeling. The newest addition to their ongoing wellness product line, this bottled water will be available for visitors. In addition to the Avalanche water itself, the project consists of a site-specific concert at Denver’s Wastewater campus, an exhibition at the Myhren Gallery, and an online streaming video. Avalanche is produced by Black Cube, a nonprofit nomadic contemporary art museum, in partnership with the University of Denver’s Vicki Myhren Gallery.
Avalanche water is enhanced by a human pipeline that is a playful visualization of water flow through a city and through the body. The performance presents municipal water usage as a literal concert of bodies, a system that is as captivating as it is improbable, arduous, and flawed. This work touches on the enhanced water industry, which is one of the fastest growing beverage industries today. Avalanche’s live chain-reaction filtration process exposes our complicated relationship with water consumption and the absurdities of the bottled water industry.
“By conflating the language of bottled water advertising with that of municipal water usage, we hope to push this idea of water “enhancement” to its most extreme degree. Enhanced water is one of the fastest growing beverage industries of the 2000’s. What if water could be enhanced (physically, nutritiously, energetically) by human usage rather than simply contaminated by it?
    –Institute For New Feeling


Storm Warning March 9-April 30


chris jordan, Drowned Laysan Albatross Fedgling # 2, Midway Island, 2010

Chris Jordan, Drowned Laysan Albatross Fedgling # 2, Midway Island, 2010

The Vicki Myhren Gallery at the University of Denver School of Art and Art History is proud to present Storm Warning: Artists on Climate Change & the Environment, an exploration into the intricacies of artist perceptions on environmentalism and our changing world. Through activism, curiosity, humor, and beauty, artists take on a range of medium to solicit public responses touching on the immediacy of issues of climate change. Please join the gallery March 9th, from 5-8pm for the opening reception of Storm Warning.

The exhibition is presented in conjunction with Denver’s Month of Photography, featuring photographs by J. Henry Fair and Chris Jordan, both revered for their documentary photography of the abject beauty of the human impact on climate change. Chris Jordan’s Drowned Laysan Albatross #2 image serves as the logo for the exhibition. He will also display a digital projection of the contents of a camel stomach, Gastrolith, a digital media recreation of an installation project created in 2016. J. Henry Fair exhibits large format color photographs of his Industrial Scars project, recently released as a publication. Fair will join the Vicki Myhren Gallery on April 13 to deliver a talk: The Hidden Cost of Goods Sold.

In addition to photography, the exhibition features immersive installation and sculpture works. Denver artist Regan Rosburg will exhibit her Relentless Memorial. Data mining sound artist Brian House will present an original work created for the exhibition derived from research conducted by Dr. Heidi Steltzer on the Animas river in southwestern Colorado. Also notable is Susan Camp’s manipulated grown gourd sculptures, an aesthetic reinterpretation of a large scale food production growing technique.The exhibition was curated by Jeffrey Keith, curatorial consultant to the Vicki Myhren Gallery and adjunct faculty at the University of Denver School of Art & Art History.

Artists in the exhibition: Katherine Ball, Susan Camp, J. Henry Fair, Brian House, Chris Jordan, Edward Lane McCartney, Michael Menchaca, Mari Omari, Phaedra Pezzullo, Anthony Porcaro, Regan Rosburg, Amy Scofield, Dr. Heidi Steltzer, Gary Sweeney, Steve Wiman.


Waste Impoundment at Arctic iron mine

J. Henry Fair,   Waste Impoundment at Arctic Iron Mine    Kiruna, Sweden


In addition to our exhibition, join us for a Symposium on April 13th.

Educator Gregory Heming will deliver his lecture The Storm Cloud of the Twenty-First Century: Lecture I in Honor of John Ruskin, followed by a panel discussion featuring two artists from the exhibition, J. Henry Fair and Susan Camp, as well as two Colorado-based scientists, Dr. Phaedra Pezzullo and Dr. Heidi Steltzer.

Following the panel discussion J. Henry Fair will deliver his talk, The Hidden Costs of Goods Sold.

Find a full schedule of events on our news page here.


relentless memorial detail

Regan Rosburg, Relentless Memorial (detail)